The meeting was held via videoconference.
Excerpts from the transcript:
Mikhail Mishustin: Good afternoon, colleagues. At the last meeting of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, we discussed how the process of transferring the presidential incentive payments to health workers is going. We are seeing a positive trend – the payments for May are being made quickly. The government supervises this issue so that the full presidential payment benefits reach everyone entitled to them – doctors, other medical personnel and ambulance drivers. All the comments from doctors through the feedback function on the Gosuslugi.ru public services website are being processed.
I would like to ask Mr Mikhail Murashko to report on the progress on the petitions from healthcare workers, and then Mr Roman Artyukhin on the situation with the transfer of funds for payments to healthcare workers.
Mikhail Murashko: Good afternoon, Mr Mishustin, colleagues.
Regarding the presidential payments benefits – the payments for April have been made to 153,373 medical workers including 31,986 doctors, 80,924 nursing staff, 18,579 support personnel, and 21,884 ambulance drivers in all 85 regions of the Russian Federation.
Federal-level institutions involved in the provision of medical care to patients with the coronavirus infection have also received payments that include a total of 15,070 medical workers, including 4,879 doctors, 7,119 nursing staff and 2,582 hospital aides, including 108 drivers.
I would like to note that we have created a resource on those individual payments. Executive bodies and medical institutions submit to us the lists of people who have received personal payments to be added to the Unified State Information System. Also, at your request, an online resource has been created for people’s petitions on Gosuslugi. The petitions are submitted online and are then reviewed by medical institutions and sent to the personal accounts of senior officials in the respective regions. The Ministry of Health has full control of the deadlines and the review process, and is also analyzing this work. As many as 55 per cent of petitions have been considered, and the rest are under consideration at medical institutions. They are complying with the deadlines set by the rules.
Now, 20 per cent of healthcare workers have received their payments after their petitions were reviewed; 14 per cent of complaints involved disputes, but the payments will be made on Monday or Tuesday; 51 per cent of cases were rejected because the applicants did not qualify for the bonuses, so clarifications were given to them. And 15 per cent were erroneous data entered on the website.
Furthermore, the May payments to medical workers and ambulance drivers have begun as well. All data is being entered into the Unified State Information System. The Ministry of Health, working with the Treasury to determine the amounts transferred to each medical institution, also has information on the transfer of funds to individuals.
Mikhail Mishustin: Mr Artyukhin, go ahead please.
Roman Artyukhin: Mr Mishustin, esteemed participants,
Let me report that the Presidential incentive payments have reached a total of 10752.3 million roubles. Last week, 3163.4 million roubles were paid out to medical workers. In all, 3,389 medical facilities have received payments in every category under directives 484 and 415. Presidential payments have been made at 1,782 institutions. In cooperation with regional healthcare agencies, the Treasury is monitoring payments on a daily basis. We collect the information from every institution and submit it to the government emergency response centre.
All medical facilities have enough funds to make the May payments. Agreements have been signed with each of them. The agreements on subsidies to medical institutions for the Presidential payments are worth 20.849 billion roubles.
Private medical centres have started receiving the Presidential payments as well. Thus, 298 million roubles have been transferred to private medical facilities in eight regions of the Russian Federation. As Mr Murashko noted, the payments are being made by federal institutions. We are monitoring all of them. At present, 295 federal medical institutions have made payments worth 1.640 billion roubles or 30 percent of the funding allocated for these purposes. We continue monitoring these payments in cooperation with the Health Ministry.
Mikhail Mishustin: Thank you, Mr Murashko and Mr Artyukhin. I would like to point out to the regional governors and heads of medical facilities: please make sure personally that people have received all of these Presidential payments.
One more subject I would like to mention is the holiday season. Summer is approaching. This is the traditional holiday season and people are starting to think about going somewhere.
Income from tourism and related industries are fairly high for many countries. A number of foreign countries are already announcing decisions to relax restrictions and open their resort seasons this summer. However, the WHO still considers the continuing risks of the pandemic to be high and has not recommended that any country lift its restrictions on foreign travel. The epidemiological situation is different in various countries and nobody can guarantee protection against the virus to holidaymakers.
I would like to ask our people to not move too quickly. Indeed, certain progress in countering the virus has been achieved. But we know that the coronavirus infection came from abroad. Therefore, we consider it rational for all tourists to abstain from foreign travel. Too high a price may be paid for a few days of rest. It is necessary to exclude even the slightest chance of bringing the coronavirus back into Russia.
People must care for their health and must not expose their families and friends to danger. It is also important to avoid the potential difficulties of coming home, which are still being faced by thousands of Russian tourists this spring. I would advise you to consider this in planning any travel. It is better and safer to spend a holiday at home. Health resorts with medical licences will resume in many regions on 1 June. Given a favourable epidemiological situation, health resorts may start fully opening up in the next phase. I would like to ask the regional governors to strictly follow all recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor in creating parameters for opening the holiday season.
Let’s go to the discussion on today’s issues.